Safety and Prevention

If you know me, you may notice that my life seems to have a recurring theme of nines. Until the age of nine, I was a perfectly healthy child; taking dance classes and playing in the local soccer league. But, › Continue Reading

Many people are surprised to find out that their car seats have an expiration date. This date may vary by car seat manufacturer, but every child safety seat will expire at some point, and shouldn’t be used past that expiration › Continue Reading

Growing up you may have heard the saying, “leaves of three, let them be.” It’s an easy way to remember how to recognize poison ivy or oak plants – and it’s an important thing to teach kids as they’re exploring › Continue Reading

This is my and my daughter’s second year participating in Patiently Made, and we love it. Patiently Made started last year as a way to have patients, staff and members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council create artwork for › Continue Reading

I still remember the first time I saw the consequences of a child’s injury from a lawn mowing accident. My heart broke for the child and her family. The child lost her toes and the mother, who accidentally ran over them, › Continue Reading

All kids deserve great childhoods and all #greatchildhoods begin with great parenting. While no method of parenting is perfect, taking a positive and loving approach from birth is a step in the right direction. Positive parenting helps foster the healthy › Continue Reading

Finding the right car seat for your child can be a daunting process. It can be even more difficult when your child has special behavioral or physical needs. But there is good news; you’re not alone. Whatever challenges you and › Continue Reading

When the topic of child abuse and neglect makes headlines, it’s usually for all the wrong reasons. That is until April each year when the national conversation surrounding this topic turns to something more positive – prevention. April is reserved › Continue Reading

In many ways, prematurity is a mystery to both clinicians and researchers alike. For a long time, it was seen as unpredictable and inevitable. Over the last few decades, medical and research communities have focused their efforts on bettering the › Continue Reading

Make your own pinwheels as a fun spring or summer activity. You can also display your creations in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month each April. We tested out a do-it-yourself pinwheel craft we found online. It’s fun and › Continue Reading

By now, many parents have probably heard about the allergy study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggesting the early introduction of peanut protein decreased the frequency of the development of peanut allergies. The validity of › Continue Reading

As many parents can probably attest, giving medications to kids can be challenging. For some kids, the medication is yucky and they refuse to take it. From the parent perspective, giving the proper dose can be tricky, especially when it’s › Continue Reading

With help from the news media, the measles exposure at Disneyland in California has given healthcare professionals a renewed opportunity to share information about measles with parents of the children for whom we care. The full scope of the illness › Continue Reading

Brrr — you know it’s cold outside when schools are canceling classes and your Facebook friends are posting pictures of thermometers. With the arctic-like temperatures outside, families are likely doing everything they can to keep warm – both inside their › Continue Reading

The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone, but for me, it’s the time of year in which I step up my button battery awareness efforts into high gear. My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery four › Continue Reading

Baby, it is cold outside and keeping your babies warm when you’re out and about is incredibly important. But, this is also the time of year that too many young children are riding in their car seats with heavy coats › Continue Reading

Working at the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), I answer a lot of questions from callers about accidental exposures to harmful substances. One particular danger that I would like to warn parents about is accidental alcohol ingestion. Because we receive on › Continue Reading

Each influenza season is different from the last because the viruses that circulate change from year to year and immunity from season to season is not long lasting. Vaccines are prepared each year based on predictions and mathematical models of › Continue Reading

The issue of prescription drug abuse in the United States has been well documented. What might be surprising for some parents, however, is how common adolescents misuse prescription medications and/or believe that they can safely experiment with them. The statistics › Continue Reading

Today is Global Hand Washing Day. As the name suggests, it’s a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of washing hands with soap.   Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? But according to a study done by Michigan State University and published › Continue Reading

My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery on the day we were supposed to be celebrating his first birthday. Not only did it change our lives forever, but it also changed the significance of birthdays for our family. We › Continue Reading

I love seeing pictures of my friends’ kids riding in their car seats. It makes this child passenger safety technician’s heart happy to see babies buckled up and riding safely. But, sometimes, in those same pictures, I see things that › Continue Reading

Enterovirus FAQs

If you’ve seen or read the news during the last few days, you’ve undoubtedly heard about a strain of enterovirus called EV-D68. This is the virus that has been reported to be associated with large numbers of respiratory illnesses across › Continue Reading

The American Justice Department statistics show that 1 out of every 4 kids will be bullied sometime throughout their adolescence. With the consequences of bullying well-documented, this is a sobering statistic. Parents whose children have been victims of bullying often › Continue Reading

For many parents the morning starts with a good cup of coffee. Most of us are probably aware that caffeine can be found in some plants and is widely used in food, drinks, and over the counter and prescription products. › Continue Reading